The Karate Kid (1984)

PG   |    |  Action, Drama, Family


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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.


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11 October 2000 | gnavarez
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| Best American martial arts movie ever made
This movie will perhaps be remembered as the best martial arts movie ever made. Movies of this genre are usually more concerned with action scenes that the stories tend to be poor and appeal to the audience on a short run. With the exception of Kurosawa's films, the Karate Kid is perhaps one of the best and most popular martial arts movies ever. Ralph Macchio, who is also good in "the Outsiders," does a fine portrayal of the novice, frustrated Daniel Larusso (he was 23 years old when he made this film??). Equally superb is the wise and "cool-as-a-cucumber" Mr. Miyagi, played by Pat Morita. Once again, John G. Avildsen has directed a film that glorifies the fiesty nature of underdogs. This is the "Rocky" movie of the 80's.

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,031,753 24 June 1984

Gross USA:

$91,077,276

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,119,319

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